Weddings are harbingers of joy and happiness. Actually the weddings are time for fun and reunion with the friends and the relatives. The storey created and the fun generated creates a sense of togetherness and creates something magical. There are numerous rituals which are followed in every different kind of the religions. Just like Punjabi wedding traditions are entirely different from the Marathi or the Guajarati wedding rituals. The Bengali wedding rituals are followed by their special traditions. So every wedding has certain things which make it so special. It’s actually the contribution of every member where the members contribute to the merry making.
Bengali weddings are entirely different. Some things are done entirely different. The merry making, fun and laughter ensure whole lot of the fun. A large number of things can be said not to be missed during the Bengali wedding to ensure you relish the authentic experience.
Well, as the name depict, shree symbolizes every Bengali wedding and is considered auspicious part of the Bengali wedding traditions. The major constituting elements of shree include- flour oil, vermilion, turmeric and even may varies from home to home. The idol of goddess luxmi enshrines her divine grace with the graceful blessings on the newlywed to lead a happy life ahead.
2. Topor and Mukut-
The headgears, made of milky white sponge- called as sholapith are crafted into the wood are traditionally worn for good luck. The torpors used for the groom, whereas, the Mukut is utilized for the bride. These conical shaped headgears are adorned with the accessories and are extremely delicate. It’s the duty of bride’s family to gift it to the groom and during all the ceremonies, he has to wear this.
3. Jaanti & gaach kouto
These weapons- called jaanti- the betel nut cracker and gaach kouto are considered auspicious to eradicate the evil spirits. Usually, the groom carries it along with him all the times during the wedding and similarly, gaach kouto is given to the bride and she carries it with her throughout the ceremony.
4. The shubho dristhi
As the names depict- the shubho dristhi- the holy glance is the moment when the groom and the bride see each other for the first time on the day of the wedding. Before the process of shubhodrishti, she is carried by her brothers while being seated on a piri. (Small stool). She is then carried around seven times, before they finally exchange the glances. Then bride then lowers the betel leaf with which she covers her face while going around the groom. Garland exchange takes place there, where the brothers play a little game during that. The brothers try lifting their sister on the higher level, so that their sister wins the relationship. The groom in the similar way is carried by their relatives higher than the bride. The major aspect of the game is to see who wins in putting the garland first. The family elders also engage in friendly banter and it is a sight one must not miss.
5. Authentic Bengali food-
A plethora of desserts and sweets are seen in the Bengali weddings. Iof you like to enjoy the sumptuous meals, and then Bengali weddings are filled with the non vegetarian delicacies like as fish and meat. Bengali weddings are renowned for their feast too. Specially, if you have a sweet tooth, then Bengalis are known for their love of the sweets. Traditional, cum the contemporary cuisines can be seen there.